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Vodafone and BAE Systems to work together on mobile security products for businesses

SNIPPET: BAE Systems and Vodafone are to work together in a bid to develop a "range of joint security products" for businesses in a mobile setting.19 Feb 2013

The companies announced a new five year partnership during which time they said they would look to develop "advanced communications security products and services", including in the area of "interconnected devices using machine to machine (M2M) technology". The products will initially be aimed at improving security on smartphone and tablet devices, a statement issued by BAE Systems said.

"Mobile is transforming enterprise; businesses big and small now rely on mobile services to an extent unimaginable five years ago," Vittorio Colao, chief executive of Vodafone, said. "As a new generation of mobile-centric security risks begins to emerge, our customers are looking for our help to protect their businesses. Our partnership with BAE Systems will strengthen further our commitment to meet our customers’ increasingly complex cyber security needs."

Ian King, chief executive of BAE Systems, added: "This partnership is unique, not only in bringing together a defence and security player with a major communications provider, but also in its ability to help global enterprises realise their ambitions around leveraging the future of communications technologies in a secure manner. These technologies are subject to the vulnerabilities of cyber space and we can provide the mobile marketplace with protection against today’s threats and the advanced threats of the future."